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About Bergen

A former 'European City of Culture' with a string of fascinating art galleries facing its Lille Lungedgardsvann Lake, Bergen cruise port nestles amongst the magnificent mountains strung along Norway's western coastline and is a gateway to Fjordland.

This 13th century Hanseatic - and now World Heritage - city was built on the site of an original Viking settlement and is full of historic sites, the best known of which is Bryggen. A collection of 11th century wooden buildings along the harbourfront, this is a World Heritage Site in its own right and has its own museum to tell its fascinating story.

To enjoy the best views of this picturesque city, take the funicular railway to the top of Mount Fløyen, which overlooks both Bergen and the surrounding region.

Also the birthplace of composer Edvard Grieg, Bergen is easily walkable and has a lively fish market and an even better general market along the harbourfront as well as many attractive bars and cafes.

 

Shore excursions in Bergen

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Bergen by Foot and Funicular

Activity highShopping

Duration: 3 hours

Combine an interesting walking tour with a funicular ride up Mount Fløien for a lovely bird’s eye view over Bergen and the fjord.

View some of the beautiful buildings in Bergen as you head to Grieg Concert Hall, built in the shape of a grand piano and inaugurated in 1978. Enter the city park, where many of the city’s art museums are located and pass the small Lille Lungegaardsvannet Lake and the city’s Town Hall.

Take a look at the fish market and the Byfjord, before reaching the famous Bryggen Hanseatic Quarters. Soak up the atmosphere in the narrow passages between the buildings. Continue past St Mary’s Church, the oldest building in Bergen still in use, and one of the outstanding Romanesque churches in the country.

You’ll soon reach Bergen’s oldest street, Øvregaten Street, to board the funicular for a ride to the top of Mount Fløien. This is one of the most popular recreational areas with spectacular views at 1,050 feet above sea level. You’ll return to the base of Mount Fløien by funicular.

At the end of the tour, you can either return to the ship or opt to remain in town to explore further.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by funicular and on foot. Long queues may be experienced at the funicular station, due to the popularity of this attraction. The views from Mount Fløien may be affected by adverse weather conditions. Flat, comfortable walking shoes and bottled water are recommended. Please dress according to the weather. The fish market may be closed on Sundays. If the ship is berthed at Dokken or Jekteviken Pier, a shuttle bus will be used to transport you to the beginning of the tour.

Bergen by Segway

Activity medium

Duration: 1½ hours

Signature Collection - Roll around Bergen on a unique sightseeing Segway experience.

Take to two wheels for a fun and leisurely way to see some of Bergen’s key sights. With the help of a knowledgeable guide, you’ll discover the fascinating history behind the 14th-century Hanseatic wharf – a UNESCO World Heritage Centre – and Bergenhus Fortress, one of Norway’s oldest and best-preserved castles. Experience the scents and sounds of the lively central fish market and the calm oasis of Lille Lungegårdsvann Lake. Explore the charming winding streets and colourful wooden houses of the Nordnes peninsula before climbing to Fjellveien, halfway up Mount Fløyen, for spectacular panoramic views over the city.

At a Glance:
Activity: Moderate level of walking
Transport: by Segway and on foot
Why Book? This is city sightseeing in a fun and unusual way


Itinerary:
Bergenhus Fortress and Park > UNESCO listed Bryggen > Fish Market > Nordnes Park > Lille Lungegårdsvann Lake > Fjellveien


Included:
. English-speaking guide
. Brief training session
. Helmets and hi-visibility vests
. Approximately a 1¾ hour Segway ride
. Ponchos available to borrow if raining

Essential information

This excursion will operate by Segway and on foot. Please note that the order of sights may vary. This tour carries a maximum weight restriction of 18 stone. Children under 16 and pregnant women may not participate. The tour is only suitable for those in good physical condition; it is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by a bumpy ride. Flat, closed toe shoes are essential. The tour will operate in the rain, ponchos are available to borrow. Large parts of the tour goes on traffic free or lightly traffic roads and parks. Helmets and hi-visibility vests are provided and must be worn.

Bergen on Foot and Ice Bar

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Classic Collection – Enjoy a walking tour of medieval Bergen, capped off with a cool cocktail in a rather unusual bar!

Experience Bergen’s many charms on a guided walking tour and sample a cocktail at one of the city’s coolest destinations. In the historic harbour district of Bryggen, you’ll get a glimpse into the city’s past as a key medieval trading hub before visiting the bustling modern-day fish market, a feast for the senses with its vibrant stalls of fresh fish and seafood. Then it’s on to the ‘hottest place to cool down’, the Magic Ice Bar, where almost everything – from the bar and the chairs to the glasses and even the artwork – is crafted from ice.

At a Glance:
Duration: Half day guided tour with refreshments
Activity: High level of walking
Transport: on foot
Why Book? To try a ‘cool cocktail’ in the ‘hottest place to cool down’


Itinerary:
UNESCO listed Bryggen > City Park > Grieg Concert Hall > Nygårdshøyden > Torgalmenningen Square > the Fish Market > Magic Ice Bar


Included:
. English-speaking guide
. 2½ hours of walking
. One glass of sparkling wine or similar in an ice glass

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking required on this tour. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The visit to the Ice bar is not suitable for passengers with medical problems that could be affected by the extreme cold. The visit to the Ice bar is not exclusive to P&O Cruises.

Bergen Private Tour by Minivan

Activity medium

Duration: 3 hours

Ultimate Collection – This exclusive private tour is designed to allow you the chance to customise your time ashore.

Explore beautiful Bergen at your own pace on a private three-hour tour. Your very own minivan and driver will take you from one attraction to the next, while a knowledgeable local guide shares stories of the city, past and present. What you see and do is up to you – stretch your legs for a guided walk of the UNESCO-listed Bryggen and its Hanseatic wharf, discover the colourful fish market, or take a ride on the funicular up to the top of Mount Fløyen to savour the breathtaking views and discover why Bergen is known as the ‘city of seven mountains’.

At a Glance:
Duration: Half day guided tour
Activity: Walking level is at your own discretion
Transport: by minivan (which holds up to 7 passengers)
Why Book? This is the perfect way to create your perfect day

Itinerary:
Tailor make your own tour

Included:
English-speaking guide
Minivan with driver

Essential information

This private tour will operate by minivan. Private minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to 7 passengers. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so passengers are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the city limits, touring outside the city is available at an additional cost.

Bergen Private Tour by Minivan

Bergen RIB Ride

Activity medium

Duration: 1½ hours

Classic Collection – View the city of Bergen from a new perspective on a high speed RIB adventure.

Enjoy an unforgettable new perspective on the sights of Bergen and its surroundings with a thrilling RIB ride. Spot the seven hills, experience the bustling harbour and admire the colourful wooden houses of Bryggen from the water – surely the best view of the historic Hanseatic wharf – on a gentle cruise around the city. Then it’s time to feel the wind in your hair as you pick up speed and head out into the open fjords, where the cityscape is soon replaced by a breathtaking view of majestic cliffs, rocky skerries and offshore islands linked by towering suspension bridges.

At a Glance:
Activity: Moderate level of activity (to embark the RIB)
Transport: by rigid inflatable boat
Why Book? Have some water based fun in the ‘gateway to the fjords’


Itinerary:
RIB ride


Included:
. Approximately a 45 minute RIB ride
. Safety briefing and kit
. Special survival suit

Essential information

This excursion will operate by RIB. The RIB ride lasts approximately 45 minutes. Survival suits are provided and must be worn. Passengers should wear warm clothing and must be good swimmers. This tour is not suitable for those passengers who are pregnant, have back or neck injuries, or for children under 8 years old. Depending on where the ship is berthed, there may be a 15 minute walk to and from the RIB’s departure point.

 

A selection of cruises to Bergen

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